Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria beach

Small continent

Gran Canaria is a very popular Island for holidays, more than 2.9 million visitors from all over the world come here each year. Most visitors stay in the south of Gran Canaria because it’s more sunnier and has less rain than the north side of the Island. The Island is often called a small continent because of it’s different climates and landscapes. One side has dunes of white sand while the other has green ravines and picturesque villages.

Gran Canaria belongs to the canarian islands and is the second most popular Island after Tenerife in the Spanish archipelago.


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the capitol city of Gran Canaria, in the heart of the city lies Las Canteras a protected beach and diving center. Las Palmas is also known for it’s annual carnival.

Las Palmas is together with Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands. Which also means they have there own tax rules in favor of the islands.

Popular places

Some of the most popular places to visit are the lighthouse at Maspalomas, the large bird park Palmitos and the Dunes of Maspalomas which are located between Playa del Inglés (“The Englishman’s Beach”) and Maspalomas. There are also many resorts in the Southern area of Gran Canaria, most of them can be found in the towns of  San Agustín, Playa del Inglés, Sonnenland, Maspalomas and Meloneras.

Most people don’t leave the beaches or resorts but it’s worth to visit the north side of the Island. There are some great places to visit like the small beautiful villages or the volcanic landscapes, also in Tarajalillo, an Aeroclub exists from where tourist flights can be taken over the whole island. 

Around the island

It’s easy to discover the Island by car because there are highways that go around the entire Island and some go into the mountain areas. Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) is the only commercial airport on the Island and the busiest of all the canarian airports